David Nalbandian was disqualified from the Queen's final against Marin Cilic after kicking an advertising panel into a line judge's leg in a moment of frustration
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Recently top tennis player David Nalbandian was disqualified from Queens Tennis tournament for kicking an advertising board into the shin of a line judge causing a gash in his leg. Even after apologising he will be fined and forfeit his runner-up prize, not to mention he disappointed hundreds of fans who had paid to see a full match but only got to see two sets before the match was halted. His reason for kicking the board? He lost his temper and was unable to control his emotions. He certainly was not the first sportsman to do so – remember John McEnroe and his ‘you cannot be serious’ rant or David Beckham and his red card moment of 1998? So I ask, is this just a man thing or do women also get this rage when losing games and sports?
After much searching there was only one female sportswoman that appeared on the temper tantrums lists and that was Serena Williams. Maybe the lack of women on these lists point to better control over our emotions - on the other hand maybe we prefer to stew over losing rather than let out all the frustration at once. I know from experience that not all women are graceful losers but we tend to refrain from showing this outwardly as it is less acceptable for a woman to lose her cool, whereas men are seen as more competitive and prone to violence or anger. If you were to witness me at a computer when it freezes however, you would seriously debate the lack of angry outbursts from a woman. I would love to know if anyone has any examples of when a woman has lost her temper when playing a sport as I am sure Serena Williams is not alone.
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